What does the examiner want to see in your answer?
The examiner wants you to resolve the legal problem outlined in the exam question. In order to do this you are expected to show your ability to apply the law to the set of facts outlined in the problem question.
How should I answer law problem questions?
There are two approaches to answering problem questions. One approach is the FLAC approach, and the other is the IRAC approach. I normally use the IRAC approach.
How does the IRAC approach work?
First you identify legal issue raised in the problem question.
Then you state the relevant rule or law.
Then you apply the law to the facts.
Finally, you reach a conclusion on the issue.
What common mistakes do students make when answering problem questions?
Commonly students fail to structure their work well. Using the IRAC approach helps students to structure their answers well, and avoid this common mistake. Additionally, students often fail to mention relevant law. It is crucial that you do not mention irrelevant law. When relevant law is discussed, it is important to support it by referencing legal authorities such as cases and statutes.